Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--June 2015 Issue

takubou2Recently the temperature in Tokyo went up to 86‹F (30‹C), and it felt like it was already the middle of summer. Now wefre preparing for the upcoming Seoul International Book Fair 2015. When we think about SIBF, wefre reminded of the fresh, sparkling weather of spring, which is the nicest season in Korea.
The Fair will be held from June 17th to 21st, and our editor Taku Hirasawa will attend in order to introduce our latest titles and do some research on the trends in the Korean publishing world. Wefve translated numbers of Korean titles into Japanese in the past, and some of them became bestsellers. We put a lot of our energy into selling our titles overseas, but at the same time wefre always interested in buying good titles no matter which language theyfre written in.

If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Mr. Ichiro Takeda, Rights Department (

Topic of the Month

Marie Kondo was named to TIME 100

Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was named to TIME magazine’s TIME 100. After this striking news, the sales of the book have increased internationally. Sales of the original Japanese edition of the series have gone up to 2 million copies, and more than 780,000 copies have sold in the U.S.A. so far. On May 4th, it registered #1 in Amazon’s daily ranking both in Japan and the U.S.A. We’re very thrilled to see all these miracles happening!

Hot Titles

The Rules of Fashion That the Angels Taught Me



143 pages / March 2015 / 1,600 yen (w/o tax)

A world-renowned designer learned from angels about fashion styles that bring luck!
A stylish good-luck charm is included!


Angels want us humans to be more fashionable and bring out our sparkle.
Angels like to see us looking our best, so being more fashion conscious helps us become more in touch with them. This is because the energy we give off is entirely different when we make adjustments to our appearance, such as adding one more piece of jewelry or playing with color combinations. The author of this book is LICA, a world-renowned designer who broke out in the Harajuku fashion scene in the 90s and garnered success with her participation in The Paris Collection. Growing up, LICA was also in touch with the invisible spiritual world. In this book, she talks about the existence of angels, the signs they are sending down to us, and specific fashion tips for attracting the attention of Archangels Michael, Uriel, and Gabriel.

The appendix includes the added sections “I made some extra cash,” “Someone professed their love to me,” and “I’m much calmer,” and the book comes with a St. Michael coin charm that will attract the miraculous voices of the angels. Let yourself and your life shine brighter by following fashion tips sent by angels.

(Coin charm size: 15mm in d, 1.2mm thick with a 60cm string)

From the table of contents

– A message from the angels
– Ask the name of your guardian angel
– A way to pray to get your wishes fulfilled and eliminate anxiety
– The St. Michael charm that brings happiness and puts you in touch with angels
– The keys to connecting with angels through fashion are “cleanliness” and “light”
– Fashion that puts you in touch with Archangel Raphael
– Fashion that puts you in touch with Archangel Uriel
– Fashion that puts you in touch with Archangel Gabriel
– Angel numbers — Math’s hidden secret
– What music pleases the angels?
– How to receive gifts from the angels

From the editor

About five years ago, I had an idea for a book that dealt with the relationship between fashion and spirituality, but there wasn’t anyone around to write it. About a year ago — just as I had given up on the idea — I was introduced to LICA. I was immediately certain that she is truly guided by angels.



LICA produces a clothing line called zechia and acts as supervisor at a school called SPICREATIVE LINK. She launched her fashion brand at age 24 and opened stores in Osaka and Tokyo, quickly becoming popular in the charismatic backstreets of Harajuku. Her dreams of becoming a well-known fashion designer came true when she took part in The Tokyo Collection and The Paris Collection, and worked as a designer on pop singer MISIA’s Asia tour. Later — due to having issues with the consumer market and quick fad changes — she held an art exhibition at one of Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institution museums and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum called TOKYO RECYCLE PROJECT, working with fellow designers to promote upcycling.

On the other hand, she was able to revisit her spiritual side through Reiki and phytotherapy, visiting the Sedona Desert on a journey of self-discovery. This amazing experience inspired her to do various support work to share her experiences with spirituality. Along with fashion design, she also holds workshops and lectures and writes about the connection between spirituality and creativity. LICA has also co-authored two books with her husband and creative producer, FUMITO: Parallel Traveling and Synchronicity Card (joint publications with Hikaru Land).